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rivers matthew henrietta compassMatthew and Henrietta Rivers faced their reservations about heading off to seminary as they chatted with me in the late summer of 2015. Would the winter up north freeze them out? It does snow in Pittsburgh! Would the academic environment of seminary dull the ardor of their spiritual enthusiasm? Would they be able to handle Greek, write papers (after years out of school), understand the jargon of theological studies, leave incomes for full-time school, find a church where they could continue serving and growing in the Lord and be free to worship in their own style?

    At the urging of their rector, Brother Dallas Wilson and his wife, Sister Janie, of St. John’s Chapel, Charleston, and the encouragement of Bishop Mark Lawrence of the Diocese of S.C. to follow God’s lead, the 40-something Rivers were soon on their way to Ambridge, Pa. for their first of three years at Trinity School for Ministry. The whole adventure was both overwhelming and exciting as they packed their household and headed to their new assignment in ministry.

    As a former dean of Trinity, I was able to encourage them a bit when we talked a year ago. But it all still sounded like a trip to Mars. I plied them with questions and simply let them talk.

Anglican Leadership Institute Presents
Two opportunities to hear and interact with great Anglican speakers

It’s never too early to think about the fall and what opportunities there are for our own growth as well as that of our people. In conjunction with St. John’s, Johns Island, and The Chapel at I’On, The Anglican Leadership Institute is offering two great chances for you and your people to hear and interact with great Anglican speakers. Both of these visiting speakers have recently released new books. Now might be a great time to encourage a parish-wide book study in preparation for these events.

Clergy sign guest book at Salmon memorial serviceDiocese Remembers 13th Bishop of South Carolina in Memorial Service

The crowd who gathered for the memorial service for the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. , 13th Bishop of South Carolina, held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, July 6, 2016, heard about “The faith of Christ that formed him, the man of Christ he became and the challenge of Christ Ed Salmon would offer.”

The Rev. Canon Dr. Kendall S. Harmon, the Diocese’s Canon Theologian who served under Bishop Salmon, gave the sermon. The two were friends and co-workers for more than 25 years in various settings.

The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of South Carolina, served as the celebrant at the service.

“He was a shepherd,” said Harmon. “He saw the church as precious and served the church out of love, devotion, respect and admiration, doing it for the one who brought the church into being in the first place.”

Bishop Ed Salmon
The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.
XIII Bishop of South Carolina
January 30, 1934 - June 29, 2016

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He was a champion of the faith; a tireless churchman—whose principled wisdom, sagacious humor and razor wit were legendary and widely loved by the casual acquaintance as well as by his family and longtime friends. His warm and steadfast counsel, which was sought by thousands around the larger Anglican world, will be deeply missed even as his aphorisms will be long remembered.

 The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, 14th Bishop of South Carolina

To me, Bp. Salmon had the whole package…
He was serious theologically.  I remember the first time I met him was at a dinner for a new bishop’s consecration in another diocese, when, knowing that I was a candidate for rector at a church in his diocese, he sidled up to me and asked (polite introductions barely finished) what I thought about the Atonement.  Serious and direct, he was listening closely, meaning for me to take his question seriously – and I realized from that first moment that what we believed about Jesus was what really mattered to him (which thrilled me!).
He was a strategic thinker and doer when it came to Church growth.  This was a revelation for me, since I had never served under a bishop whose diocesan vision was to “build up the congregations for the work of the Gospel” – and actually spent considerable time doing that.  The evolution of the Department of Congregational Development during his episcopate, and of the diocesan budget to resource that Department’s plans, was unique in my experience of the Episcopal Church.
He was also, for all of his strategizing and doing, a deeply grounded man spiritually.  He was forever grateful for having been made to memorize the Sunday Collects of the Prayer Book as a child/youth.  He was a man who walked in, because he was shaped by, the prayers of the Church.
But of all of the aspects of his life and ministry which I admired, there was none more dear to me than his personal touch.  I was a young priest, serving in the geographically outer edges of the diocese, far from Charleston, in a small church.  Yet Bp. Salmon cared about me in a personal way.  He included me, he listened to me, he valued me – when, really, he didn’t have to.  I truly believed that we were partners in ministry, and that what Henri Nouwen said in his wonderful little book, In the Name of Jesus, was true of us:  “…what we did, we did together in Jesus’ name.”  He became my friend, and I loved him for it.
The Rev. Ted Duvall, Rector, Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant

Bishop Edward L. SalmonThe Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr.
January 30, 1934 - June 29, 2016
Please keep the family of the Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr. in your prayers. Bishop Salmon, who from  1990 - 2008 served as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 following a battle with cancer.

“He was a champion of the faith; a tireless churchman—whose principled wisdom, sagacious humor and razor wit were legendary and widely loved by the casual acquaintance as well as by his family and longtime friends,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence, 14th Bishop of South Carolina. “His warm and steadfast counsel, which was sought by thousands around the larger Anglican world, will be deeply missed even as his aphorisms will be long remembered."
Bishop Salmon was the 19th Dean and President of Nashotah House from 2012-2014; He had served as the President of the Anglican Digest. He received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor in 2007.
His pastoral ministry included tenures in numerous churches including All Saints, Chevy Chase, MD, 2010-2012; St. Michael and St George, St. Louis, MO 1978-1990; St. Paul’s, Fayettesville, AR 1967-1978; St. Andrew’s, Rogers, AR 1960-1963; St. James, Eureka Springs, AR 1960-1963; St. Thomas, Springdale, AR 1960-1963.
He was ordained to the diaconate June 24, 1960 and ordained to the priesthood March 1, 1961.
He received is Bachedlor of Arts degree from the University of the South; his Bachelor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary; and his Doctor of Divnity degrees from Nashotah House, the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary.

Salmon married Louise Hack in 1972 and they had two children, Catherine and Edward III.
 “Happy are those who die in the Lord, even so says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.”

The Diocese of South Carolina will hold a Memorial Service of Holy Eucharist for The Rt. Rev. Edward L. Salmon, Jr., XIII Bishop of South Carolina, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street, Charleston, SC. A light reception to follow in Wellbrock Hall

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In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to: SPEAK, The Anglican Digest, 805 County Road 102, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9705. Memorial gifts may be given online here.

The funeral for Bishop Salmon will be held at the Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

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View a photo album of Bishop Salmon here.

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